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February 3, 2022

Vintage Photographs Capture Everyday Life in Sydney Fifty Years Ago

Sydney is the capital city and most populous city in the state of New South Wales, Australia and Oceania. 

Sydney enhanced its position as an education capital of the Western Pacific during the postwar period. In 1967, Australia Square Tower was constructed and became a city landmark, surpassed in 1981 by Sydney Tower as the tallest building in the city. 

Kings Cross, 1970

Since the 1970s Sydney has undergone a rapid economic and social transformation. As aviation has replaced shipping, most new migrants to Australia have arrived in Sydney by air rather than in Melbourne by ship. As a result, the city has become one of the most multicultural in the world. In 1973, the Sydney Opera House was officially opened, after a long period of planning and construction.

Take a look back at the ‘Emerald City’ in the late 1960s and 1970 through these fascinating vintage pictures, courtesy of Graham Cosserat:

Fitzroy Gardens, King Cross, 1968

Kings Cross, 1968

Kings Cross, 1968

Circular Quay, 1968

Circular Quay, 1968

Botanical Gardens, 1968

Australia Square, 1968

Alamein Fountain, Kings Cross

English Fair, 1968

William Street, 1968

Sandwich Bars at Australia Square, 1968

Roselands Shopping Centre, 1968

Roselands Shopping Centre, 1968

Roselands Shopping Centre, 1968

Coles Variety Store, Pitt Street, 1968

English Fair, 1968

English Fair, 1968

Sydney, 1969

Sydney, 1969

Petersham, 1969

Circular Quay, 1969

Sydney Opera House under construction, 1969

The village centre, Kings Cross, 1970

Circular Quay, 1970

Castlereagh Street, 1970

Castlereagh Street, 1970

Castlereagh Street, 1970

Sydney Harbour




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